Johnny Thunders, born John Anthony Genzale, Jr. (July 15,
1952 - April 23, 1991), was an Italian American rock and roll/punk
rock guitarist, singer and songwriter.
Though he disapproved of the term "punk rock",
Thunders is widely recognized as a seminal influence on the genre,
particularly for his penetrating guitar sound. IGN.com listed him
as one of "Punk Rock's 10 Mightiest Guitar Gods".
He came to prominence in the early '70s as a member
of the New York Dolls, and afterwards became a familiar figure in
the New York punk scene, both with The Heartbreakers and as a solo
Thunders struggled with drug and alcohol addiction
and died under mysterious circumstances.